This just in: The cost of invading Iraq and Afghanistan in search of a single man is equal to the cost of building 55,000 brand new schools.
Oh, and by the way, 1/3 of all schools in the United States have mold or other issues that make the air our children breathe unhealthy. We could fix that but Congress is unlikely to do so. Why? Because that would mean using taxes for the public good and you may recall that the Republican Party considers that to be Socialism.
Now a bit on math…
Which number is bigger: 100,000 or “tens of thousands” or “thousands”? Theoretically, they can all be either equal or they could all be different by several orders of magnitude. Romney chooses to treat them as equal; at least that is what it appears. One day he said he created 100,000 new jobs. The next day he’d changed this to “tens of thousands of jobs.” He finally settled on “thousands” of new jobs.
The closer people began to examine his claims, the less lying he figured he’d better do.
And while I’m on the Romney page, a Nobel award-winning economist said yesterday that Romney’s only apparent qualification for president seems to be his ability to “claim” to have created jobs. The economist went on to say that the skills needed to make macro-economic decisions for a huge country and thus create jobs has ZERO in common with Romney’s experience.
This means that Romney’s only qualification isn’t even a qualification. I’ve been saying this all along. The only thing I can see is that he has “name recognition” which is the same qualification it takes to be elected president of the local PTA.
There is a new term out there that I love – Contempt of Cop. This has sprung from the behavior of some cops at some Occupy rallies. While not all cops are bad, I certainly believe that not all cops are good. I tend to put them in the following two categories: (1) good cop and (2) cop with a small penis that only became a cop in order to bully others and force them to “respect my authority” (<- said with my best Eric Cartman voice.)
Now that “bully” cops are showing up at protest sites, more and more “bully” cop videos from all walks of life are springing up on the web. There is one where a cop whacks a woman with his elbow (MMA style). In another, a cop has a temper tantrum when a driver won’t let him search his car without a warrant. The local chief of police playbook says to blame this on stress or poor training. I think it’s a lack of publicly funded penis augmentation medical procedures (damn those Republicans). After all, you can’t train a penis to be bigger (If you can, send me the link right away…it’s for a friend).
On a related note: By now, everyone has heard of Anonymous. This is the loosely knitted group of hackers that are essentially modern-day vigilantes. Now, I have a problem with vigilantes. They make up their own rules and if you fall outside of “their” value system, you become a target.
However, I like the targets they are picking so far.
Anonymous has taken it upon themselves to keep cops honest at the Occupy sites. If you are a cop and if you bully someone needlessly, expect to have a video of your actions posted online along with all of your personal information. The cops don’t like this, especially the ones whose Outlook calendar includes things like “7:00 pm Tuesday, pepper spray a student peacefully protesting, use club if full arousal is desired.”
President Obama has said he is against SOPA. This is a bill called Stop Online Piracy Act. The thought behind the act is a good one. People should get credit for their work. However this goes way too far. For example, if I were to link to a site from my blog without permission of the person that posted the site I am linking to, I could go to jail. This is like trying to prevent traffic accidents by forbidding people from driving in their cars.
One of the reasons this act is so bad, is because it was written by congressmen that only use the internet to tweet naked pictures of themselves to aides. The really don’t understand what all of those other buttons on their keyboards are for.
While record companies (and the Congressmen they pay) are all in favor of this act, the internet has said “No Way!” Sites like Reddit.com have campaigned so hard against this act that many Congressmen have done a 180 and are now against it.
I’ve blogged about this type of power recently. The internet is finally flexing its muscled. If you vote for a bad law, expect the world to know all about you. If you voted down a spending bill for education but favor a bill that builds a “bridge to nowhere” in your state, expect everyone to read about this the next day.
Here is a great example. I just read online where Boehner invested a significant amount of money in the oil sands in Canada . He stands to make a lot of money if the Keystone pipeline goes through quickly. So what does Boehner do? He holds up the extension of the payroll tax break and the extension of unemployment benefits unless this seemingly unrelated pipeline is approved without a study being done first. He’s voting with his wallet.
Now, this is a fact that relatively few people know. However, the internet is becoming smart at an accelerated rate. Soon, the “truth behind the action” will find its way quickly onto laptops and smartphones.
I love this. Imagine how much we could accomplish if politicians worked for us. They will if they are afraid to do otherwise.
On to the funny pages…
Murdoch is apparently filing for divorce. That’s right; Newt is no longer his man. Murdoch tweeted that Newt is erratic. Imagine him just finding that out.
Now a bit of trivia…
In 30 years, there has never been a case of AIDS traced back to one of Nevada’s legal brothels. I was reading a book called Freakonomics. It’s written by a couple of economists. One of their findings was that the reason men use prostitutes is because they want to have more sex than they can get for free. Sounds right.
Here is your quote for the day: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr
Remember, most cops are world-savers. Beware of those that are not.
Up, up and away…